Cancer consultation comes to the Peace Country

A public consultation on cancer care comes to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30.

Premier Gordon Campbell has asked Dr. Charles Jago, President of the University of Northern BC, and Jeff Burghardt, Chair of Northern Health, to lead a community consultation process to gather input from the people of the north on the future plans for cancer care services, including the level of support for the possible development of a regional cancer centre.

The fundamental question being addressed in these consultations is, How can we design a comprehensive and integrated cancer care system that best meets the unique needs of the people of Northern BC?

Peace residents can provide input in two ways:

Public meetings:

Jago and Burghardt are hosting two community meetings open to anyone. The meeting in Fort St. John will be held at the Quality Inn Northern Grand on Wednesday, March 29 at

7 pm. The Dawson Creek meeting will be held at George Dawson Inn on Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm.

Focus Group meetings:

In small group sessions, Jago and Burghardt hope to hear from northerners who have had a personal experience with cancer, or have supported someone through the cancer journey. Those interested in participating are urged to call 1-877-825-9493 to receive an invitation to these small discussion groups that will be held during the afternoon prior to the public meetings –location and time to be provided.

Those unable to attend the public meetings can download and complete a comment form found on the web site at www.northerncancercare.ca

A discussion paper called A Northern Vision has been prepared to provoke an open and thorough public dialogue on the future of cancer care in Northern BC. Copies for pre-reading can be downloaded from www.northerncancercare.ca or picked up at local Northern Health sites. A Northern Vision will also be available at all consultation sessions.